Ambassador Baptist Academy (ABA) in Greenbrier is one of Faulkner County’s best kept educational secrets. Established in 2006, the private school has seen an increase in enrollment each year.
Currently, the school is pleased to have 65 students. Though ABA has advertised via billboard and in Winc., their predominant method of promoting the school has been grassroots. As school director Josh Mendenhall explained, “The primary way enrollment has grown is by word-of-mouth from satisfied parents.”

As Director of Non-Traditional Enrollment at Central Baptist College in Conway, Amy Reed works with non-traditional students to determine their path to an advanced degree. The program was implemented in the fall of 1999. “We saw a desire and a need for adult learners to obtain a college education, but due to busy work schedules and hectic lifestyles there wasn’t a program offered to meet that desire or need,” says Amy.

Jennifer Fullerton of St. Joseph Middle School was born to teach.
A Hendrix graduate, Fullerton double majored in music and elementary education. She is entering her 13th year of teaching at St. Joseph School and loves her job.
The oldest of four sisters, she grew up in a family that valued education.
“I was always showing my sisters how to do things. I liked being in charge,” she said. “In high school I taught swim lessons. I thought, these kids are learning. I could be a teacher.”
Growing up in Fayetteville, many of her childhood experiences were linked with learning.

One of the most important lessons in Parenting 101 is also one of the shortest and easiest to remember: If you’re not reading to preschool-aged kids, you’re doing it wrong.

More water means healthier plants, right? Um, no. The relationship between soil and water is even more important than the quantity of water. The perfect situation for plants is well draining soil and the correct quantity of water...plants grow, roots stay healthy, and all is well. But as we all know, the soils in Arkansas rarely drain well, natural water is sparse at times, and comes at flood rates other times. What does this mean for you? It’s time to put your landscape to the test!

Check your drainage!

Simple BBQ Ribs
2 21/2 pounds county style pork ribs
1 tablespoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
2 tablespoons salt
1 cup barbeque sauce
Place ribs in a large pot with enough water to cover. Season with garlic powder, black pepper and salt.
Bring water to a boil, and cook ribs until tender. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
Remove ribs from pot and place them in a 9x13 inch baking dish. Pour barbeque sauce over ribs.
Cover dish with aluminum foil, and bake in the preheated oven for 1 to 1 ½ hours, or until internal temperature of pork has reached 150 degrees.

“When Brad and Nikki Burk and their children looked to bring their pool dream to reality, they looked no further than Jerrell’s Pools. The team helped Nikki, “envision and collaborate to develop” the perfect pool. 
A cascading fountain looks over the 16x32 foot Roman shaped pool, which is rimmed with natural rock and lined with beautiful blue and white. Nikki explains that the pool team was, “Really great to work with and were always on time.”

Luxury Pool & Spa has shown exceptional work since it’s opening. One success story comes from the Goodwin family of Conway.
“The service has been outstanding. Shane and Jeremy Lawson were always available in person or by phone or text whenever we had a question or concern, said Mary Goodwin, Luxury pool customer.
“We had never owned a pool and they have done a great job of educating us on what we need to do, even if it was at night or on the weekends.”

Believe it or not, fall is just around the corner, and soon the weather will be turning a bit cooler, which means the next thing on your “must do” list is…have a picnic.
Let’s face it – picnics are fun! They are super casual and a change from the norm. Here are some tips for a fun and stress-free picnic:

1 Keep the food simple

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